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September 7, 2012

Mandy asks…

What is a good website/magazine for finding a good deal on a 1 bedroom apartment in Los Angeles, California.?

I’m trying to move out of my parent’s house and would like some information from people who have moved out on their own at around age 19-20. I don’t alot of money and have a stable job. Looking for something in the price range of $500-$600/month or hopefully something cheaper. Thanks in advance for your advice.

Administrator answers:

Craigslist is cool if your looking for roommates or something. Try to get a hold of a local pennysaver(they have a website too).
If your looking for an actual apartment complex Yahoo real estate is actually really good.
For your price range the only real option is a room for rent.
Be careful, you might end up in a very bad neighborhood trying to find the best deal. Definitely see it before you rent it.
But seriously line up a good job before you move out of your parents.

Donald asks…

What is a good website/magazine for finding a good deal on a 1 bedroom apartment in Los Angeles, California.?

I’m trying to move out of my parent’s house and would like some information from people who have moved out on their own at around age 19-20. I don’t alot of money and have a stable job. Looking for something in the price range of $500-$600/month or hopefully something cheaper. Thanks in advance for your advice.

Administrator answers:

WWW.CRAIGSLIST.ORG

Sharon asks…

Cheap apartments in LA?

I’m a high school graduate who would like to move to Los Angeles area to attend a recording arts school. I plan to work full time. Also, the school does not have on-campus housing. So, what I need to know is: how hard is it for a high school graduate to get a job in the Los Angeles area? And, where would I find the cheapest apartments (short of living in a slum)?

Administrator answers:

The “Los Angeles Area” covers 4,850 square miles. That’s thousands of apartment buildings.

If you don’t want to live in a slum, then you won’t be finding the “cheapest” apartments. Used to be you could find great deals a few miles into Santa Monica, Los Feliz, West Hollywood, and Silverlake. In the last 10-15 years, that has changed dramatically. Now, the cheapest places are all pretty much in the ghettos or 45-90 minutes outside LA proper.

Finding a job in LA isn’t that hard if you don’t mind bussing tables, working at retail shops, or doing some other kind of low end work. Can’t promise full-time work, but you sure can try.

Narrow down where you plan on going to school and how far you are willing to commute. Then, you may want to post over in the Los Angeles travel section to get more specific ideas. Until then, these links may help

http://www.apartmentfinder.com

http://www.forrent.com

http://www.latimes.com

http://www.craigslist.org

Lizzie asks…

Cheap apartments in LA?

I’m a high school graduate who would like to move to Los Angeles area to attend a recording arts school. I plan to work full time. Also, the school does not have on-campus housing. So, what I need to know is: how hard is it for a high school graduate to get a job in the Los Angeles area? And, where would I find the cheapest apartments (short of living in a slum)?

Administrator answers:

You would be lucky to find an entry level job paying $10 an hour (In N Out, $10 an hour is above minimum wage), there are just no jobs out here now. That would net you about $1500 a month, *if* you could get full time hours. Often for entry level jobs you can’t get full-time, they’ll cap you just below 40 hours so certain job benefits don’t kick in. Very educated over-qualified applicants are taking entry level jobs, that’s how bad it is. You can expect it to take about 4 months to find a job, or maybe much longer. So have enough saved up to pay for your expenses for at least 4 months. One used to be able to work as a waiter to earn more (tips), or sales like Circuit City (commission), but restaurants are doing horribly so many waiters have been laid off or fired, and many of the sales jobs have disappeared, like Circuit City did.

A single in an OK area starts at about $900, a one bedroom at about $1200. A 2 bedroom might start at $1500+, but roommates are trouble. Any cheaper than that and it may mean big problems. You need to check out the neighborhood and other tenants very carefully. Be careful of scams, anything that seems too good, likely is.

LA is very large, so it depends on where you are going to school as to where you might look for an apartment. If the school is in Hollywood, you may want to live in Glendale, relatively nearby and safe, and you might be able to find an apartment a bit less than Hollywood, even though Hollywood is mostly scuzzy. (I love Hollywood, grew up there, but honestly, even the upscale hills area has more crime than it should.) If you don’t have a car, then you want to live as close as possible to your work and school, or right on a bus line. Our public transportation is not so good. It takes long enough to drive where you need to, buses tend to be ridiculous. If you have a car, remember to add insurance into your budget as it is mandatory.

Are there no recording arts programs where you live? Did you check community colleges? Some of our community colleges have programs, it’s likely they’re all over the country. (Non-residents for tuition purposes pay about $5000 more a year at community colleges, $23,000 more a year at the UCs.) Be careful of tech schools that charge a lot and are of the type that advertise on TV. You may have a very hard time finding a job if the school is not well respected in the industry, and you may have a very hard time paying back your loans.

LA Safety Info http://www.lalife.com/

Good luck!

Jenny asks…

How does subsidized housing in Los Angeles work (not section 8)?

There are loads of apartments buildings that are owned by private people and they rent these apartments out cheap, so they get credits by the government. You need to have children to live there, but the apartments are very nice actually (3 bedroom, pool and only cost like $700 a month; 2 parking spots included). Most people who live there are Hispanics (many illegal) who get hooked up by the Hispanic managers there. The joke is that they don’t even earn that little (you should see the cars they have).

I know other people who got pay the same for a room and have some old used car and barley get by. How does that system in L.A. work?

Administrator answers:

I heard about it also before. It’s not section 8 though. It’s apartment buildings for people with kids and they don’t check your documents I assume. So many illegals get to live there and help each other out. They are very nice and cheap. I do not know how it works though or how the owner makes a profit.

Maria asks…

Where is the cheapest area CLOSET to Santa Monica, CA. to rent an apartment ?

I was offered a job in Santa Monica. Around $16 per hour. Full time. So, I guess thats about 32k a year. What area of Los angeles is a stress-free driving distance from there? Where I can find an apartment for cheap? By cheap I mean $800 a month. lol. Any ideas?
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Administrator answers:

Start looking in Palms and Mar Vista. Maybe Culver City. But I doubt you are going to find anything for less than $1000 in that area.

Donna asks…

I live in a big apt.complex. The cold water from my bathroom runs brown. What can I do to get them to fix it?

I just moved into a pretty big apartment complex in Los Angeles. The cold water from my bathroom faucet runs brown for about 5-10 seconds every time I use it. I want my landlords to fix it. However, I’m worried that if I complain to management, they will cause problems for me. Can I call a city inspector? Would that cause even more problems? The bathtub faucet and the kitchen sink seem fine. Rusty looking water only came out from those faucets when I first moved in, but the bathroom sink gives brown/orange water each time I turn on the cold water. I’m worried about getting sick. Also it is going to be embarrassing to explain this to guests when they come over and visit. Btw.. The apartment is not cheap. Everything else in this apartment is nearly new.

Administrator answers:

Your problem is old piping. In my experience the only time water does that is with iron piping, which tells me the plumbing in your building is outdated. I have been in houses were the water was rusty (which is what you’re seeing by the way) and when I went to listen the fitting the entire pipe simply snapped in half due to corrosion. If you don’t get the problem fixed now it will only get worse. Talk to the management at your building and tell them about it. If they don’t want to fix it then I would think about moving to a place where they actually do care about the safety of the tenants and are concerned about potential major water damage should a line break.

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